Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher has announced that the follow-up to last year’s commended reboot of the long-running action adventure series, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusively available on Microsoft’s Xbox platform. Specifications about the game being exclusive to Xbox One alone, or Xbox 360, too have not yet been decided. Gallagher released the news at a press conference on Monday ahead of the Gamescom video game show in Cologne.
The statement came as a surprise to most. Rise of the Tomb Raider was projected to be a cross-platform release, with this speculation apparently backed by listings for multiple platforms on online retailers.
Gallagher sought to reassure the Tomb Raider community in a post on the Crystal Dynamics Tumblr:
“Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft,” Gallagher wrote.
“This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.”
As of now Rise of the Tomb Raider is unlikely to appear on PS4 or PC, so this doesn’t seem to be a timed exclusive. Additionally, the news has prompted a fierce reaction from fans, many of whom have already pre-ordered the game on other platforms.
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